This is going to be a fairly technical post but I’ll do my best to explain it simply. There have been plenty of reader concerns the last few weeks that Cathay Pacific no longer offers business class award space to American AAdvantage or Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members. It turns out there’s just a trick to find and book the space.
etBlue just ordered 60 Bombardier C-Series jets, now called the Airbus A220, at fire sale prices.
Now JetBlue’s founder, Dave Neeleman, is about to finalize his own order for 60 Airbus A220s to launch his new US airline that’s tentatively named ‘Moxy’.
United is taking a goldilocks approach, announcing a small order for new aircraft: 25 Embraer E-175s to be delivered in 2019 and replace the same number of Bombardier CRJ-700s and 4 Boeing 787-9s that will replace widebodies in 2020.
They continue to scour the market for used aircraft so don’t view this as a shift to a fleet renewal strategy.
Through August 1 the ETA app is offering 5000 United miles.
ETA says their competitive advantage is quickly helping you figure out the trip that’s right for your schedule and preferences so that booking is done in 5 minutes.
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips.
I’ve got my new Hyatt credit card and it’s great. On first glance it appears to be a brushed metal. I think that the card’s design is really classy. I’m not a fan of the World of Hyatt logo, but I do think it adds a nice splash of color.
There’s just one problem.
Chase frequently won’t approve new credit cards for most customers that have had 5 or more new accounts in the last 24 months. That’s informally known as the ‘5/24 rule’.
This doesn’t apply to all of their cards, but Chase’s President of Co-brands tells me that we can expect that eventually it will. But there’s a better way to meet their goals — and ours.
We’ve all seen people that bring on bags which simply don’t fit int he overhead, or where they’re one of the last passengers to board and there’s not enough bin space left to fit a full sized carry on.
This passenger wasn’t going to accept either constraint of physics as he pushed, prodded, and shoved.
News came out this past week that an FAA inspector developed a close relationship with an American Airlines manager, and ignored important safety tips.
The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General found problems at the FAA’s safety oversight at American. Their report found concerns raised by the airline’s pilots union going unaddressed for a year and a half, suggesting that “FAA’s oversight office for American Airlines lacked objectivity in its review and did not respond to concerns about unqualified pilots and unsafe conditions during maintenance verification flights.”
Perhaps most notable to me is that Pakistan International Airlines flies London Heathrow – Lahore non-stop three times a week, flies London – Karachi (and on to Lahore) and offers connections from various cities in Europe — in addition to flying Abu Dhabi – Lahore.
Yet the former Prime Minister of Pakistan chose not to fly PIA for his return to the country, preferring Etihad’s business class instead. No doubt he’s well aware that PIA is the worst airline in the world. If you’re going to get arrested, you want to be well-rested.